Jul 27, 2008

Three Challenges Completed

I completed Joy's Non-Fiction Five Challenge, Maggie's Southern Reading Challenge and Mrs S's A Hundred Years of Anne Mini-Challenge.

Books completed:

Non-Fiction Five:
Southern Reading Challenge:A Hundred Years of Anne:
Best Book Read for the Challenge:
For the Non-Fiction Five, it's a match between The Polysyllabic Spree and Last Chance to See. Both were books I couldn't put down, and I adored them both for different reasons. Going Solo and In Cold Blood were really good too.

For the Southern Reading Challenge, again I can't decide between Looking for Alaska and Mr Sebastian and The Negro Magician. I'm pretty sure that both will end up in my year's best list. The same happened with books read for this challenge last year!

I really enjoyed all three of the first Anne books, but Anne of the Island might win. I loved the sweetly melancholy tone.

Books I could have done without?
The Monsters was definitely my least favourite, but I still wouldn't say it was a complete waste of time. For the other two challenges, none!

Any new authors? Will I read them again?
For the Non-Fiction Five, only Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler, and I'm not particularly interested in reading them again.

For the Southern Reading Challenge, all but Daniel Wallace. I can't wait to get my hands on John Green's An Abundance of Katherines and I'd like to read Edward P. Jones again too.

This was my first time reading L.M. Montgomery, and I want to read the rest of the Anne series, and then her short stories, and also the Emily books. So yes!

Best thing about the challenge?
I had vowed to read more non-fiction this year, and the Non-Fiction five gave me motivation to do just that. I also like the fact that I got lots of recommendations for future non-fiction reads by reading the other participant's reviews.

The best thing about the Southern Reading Challenge was reading some of the best books of the year so far. And also winning a beautiful box of yummy pecans :D

Finally, I like the fact that the Anne Mini-Challenge gave me extra motivation to continue to read the series. Sometimes I put these things off and end up forgetting just how good the first book is and why I want to read the others so badly.

My thanks to Joy, Maggie and Mrs S!


  1. Good for you! I've not been a successful challenge participant this year...and I don't even join very many!

  2. Congrats on finishing THREE challenges!! It sounds like you had some really good books on your list--I've been hearing a lot about the Hornby book lately.

  3. Jenclair: I've been managing so far, but I bet I'll start to feel the pressure when the end of the year and all the deadlines start approaching. I'm definitely joining fewer challenges next year!

    Trish: You need to read the Spree! It's hilarious, it's full of great reading suggestions, and plus it's a book that most book lovers will strongly identify with.

  4. Congrats on finishing the challenges. Some great books there! And don't forget all LMM's other stand alone books.

  5. I'm with you about the Anne books! Gads they are good.. I am so glad I read them (and keeping searching for yet another anne book!)

  6. Congrats on completing the challenges, Nymeth! You've read a lot of books! I haven't even complete one to-date, LOL.

  7. Congratulations on completing three challenges! I am still working my way through mine--some of them, anyway. :-)

  8. Congratulations on finishing three challenges! You have been busy! I've added a number of the books you reviewed to my TBR list. I can't believe I haven't read any of the Anne books (I'm embarrassed to admit it!). I loved the movie versions, so I know I would love the books...

  9. Congrats on finishing the challenges!

  10. Wow! Congrats Nymeth :) Now if only I can follow your lead. I had no idea that the southern reading challenge was about to end and nearly had a heart attack the other day when I saw August 15th! But even though they weren't official reads I guess I can count Crossroads and Looking for Alaska...that way I only have to read one more...and I'm reading To Kill a Mockingbird right now! There we go ;) I still really want to get to The Watermelon King before the end of the challenge though. I've had that one on my list ever since you read it last year.

  11. Congratulations on the completion of THREE!! I've always wanted to read Anne...books. Perhaps as read alouds this year to my class.

  12. Well done on finishing 3 challenges! I'm still working on the NF5 but there's still time. I really should re-read my Anne books one of these days.

  13. Thanks for taking part in the Anne challenge Nymeth - I'm glad you enjoyed the books and hope you'll keep reading your way through the series :)

  14. Hey, congrats!!! Any challenge involving reading Anne of Green Gables is a challenge worth finishing!!!

  15. Congratulations on completing these challenges. You've read some good books. I'm going to read Anne of Avonlea as part of the 2nd Canadian Reading Challenge.

  16. Nicola: I'll get to those too eventually. I've heard good things about The Blue Castle. Any others you recommend?

    Deslily: Me too!

    Melody: I'm sure you'll do fine in yours, though. You were wise enough not to join too many :P

    Literary Feline: Thanks! Good luck with yours :)

    Robin: I really think you'll love the Anne books!

    Teddy Rose: Thanks :)

    Chris: Yes, Crossroads and Looking for Alaska definitely count. I hope you get to The Watermelon King, though. And I can't wait to see what you think of To Kill a Mockingbird!

    Bellezza: Thanks! The Anne books would be perfect read alouds, I think :)

    Tanabata: Yes, there's plenty of time still. I remember when you posted a picture of your Anne collection. They looked so nice all together like that :)

    Mrs S: Thank you for hosting! And I definitely will :)

    Carl: Indeed!

    Lisa: I look forward to seeing what you think of it.

  17. Fantastic job! You really are eating up challenges like anything. :] Glad you've found many worthwhile authors to continue reading. I definitely agree with you on the Anne series. They are some of the most heartwarming stories in the literary world.

  18. Congrats. One of the best thing about joining these challenges is reading everyone elses reviews. It's a great way to find new authors and books. I am biased and am sure The Polysyllabic Spree was the best book you read across your challenges :p

  19. Oh my gosh, Nymeth! Three down! How totally cool...Congratulations!And wow, when you put them all together like that, it's neat to see what an eclectic mix of books you read because of these challenges. Not that you might not have read them anyway, but still.

  20. Orchidus: They really are :)

    Rhinoa: It's definitely one of the best :P

    Debi: There are definitely some I wouldn't have read if not for the challenges, or not any time soon anyway. Which is what makes challenges so great!

  21. Yay for finishing THREE challenges! I bet it feels so nice to cross more off your list. It looks like you read some great books! I want to re-read the Anne series, but I don't know when I'll be able to fit them in. :(

  22. Wow - that's awesome! Congrats to you... I am a tad bit jealous of course as I'm so behind on my challenges :)

  23. Thanks for participating in the southern reading challenge. Your discussion added so much to everyone's experience! Please stay tuned for more giveaway autographed southern books! :D

  24. Congratulations on completing the Non-Fiction Five Challenge (and the other two as well)! :) I'm glad you found some winning reads.


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